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Tristen performs at Grimey's on 05.17 to support new single

When it comes to catchy pop hooks in the Music City, Tristen Gaspadarek (who goes by her first name) stands among the best in the game. In recent years, she's toured with the Mountain Goats and Robyn Hitchcock, and she's played as a member of Jenny Lewis's band. Her last album Sneaker Waves dropped in 2017, but now, after spending some quality time in the studio, Tristen will release two new tracks -- "Dream Within a Dream" and its B-side "Red Lava" -- on May 10. Tristen will take some time in the beginning of May to tour the Midwest in support of the new indie pop jams, but she'll return to Nashville on May 17th to play Grimey's New and Preloved Music. Hype yourself up with a listen of Tristen's track "Got Some" below. - Will Sisskind

   

Erin Rae releases "Bad Mind" music video; plays Musicians Corner 05.25

For the pleasant coming warmth of spring comes a song born from pain: Erin Rae's "Bad Mind" came out last year on her album Putting On Airs, but it gets new life as the music video for the track has just dropped. It shows Rae singing in a field of blossoming branches and flowers, showing growth even as Rae stands in wistful poses and walks with her eyes downcast. The song itself concerns Rae's relationship fears and her coming to terms with what caused them, including memories of an Alabama court ruling her aunt to be an "unfit mother" because she was gay. The video's mixture of pensiveness -- Erin -- and perseverance -- how the flowers bloom every year -- show that through grief, there can be growth. Rae will take her songs on the road this spring and summer; she'll make a hometown stop in Nashville at Musicians Corner on May 25th. Catch her then; for now, watch the video for "Bad Mind" below. - Will Sisskind

   

Great Peacock to perform live on DittyTV 04.28

Maybe you have wanted to hear Great Peacock's Americana stylings live, but don't like the idea of leaving the comfort of your own home. With the advent of streaming services, you can make your dream a reality. Great Peacock will perform live on April 28th on DittyTV, available on TiVo, Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, or any other major streaming service. The performance follows a recent string of shows supporting the Infamous Stringdusters, and will kick off a series of tour dates throughout May and June to support Yonder Mountain String Band. If you miss the performance on DittyTV, select songs from the show will appear in the channel's archives on YouTube. And if you want to listen to Great Peacock's unconventional and atmospheric Americana now, take a listen to "Oh Deep Water" from 2018's Gran Pavo Real below. - Will Sisskind

   

Stephen Day plays EXIT/IN on 04.29

A name like Stephen Day has about as much rarity in this world as one like John Mayer or Sam Smith, but like those other common-named artists, Day has one of those voices that propels him into the realm of rarity. Day's 2018 single "Dancing In The Street" may not have the dance groove of the song of the same name by Jagger and Bowie, but its soulfulness -- which shows off Day's vocal chops -- intoxicated listeners when it hit the Spotify Global Viral Chart last year. For 2019, two new singles from Day have hit the Internet: "For Life (Take You Out, Treat You Right)" has a bop to it, while "Twenty Two and Some Change" has a driving acoustic beat. Day and his voice will grace the EXIT/IN on April 29th in a set with supporting act Pacific; the show will kick off a summer full of touring for Day, where he'll hit up venues throughout the Midwest and Northeast. Take a listen to "For Life (Take You Out, Treat You Right)" below. - Will Sisskind

   

Malibu Blackout release single "Addy" on 04.26; play Springwater Supper Club 05.16

Malibu Blackout brands themselves online as "//fuzz//rock//pop//dance//move//yo//ass", which seems accurate, considering their first two singles "What I've Done" and "For The World" have a sizable funky dance rock vibe for a rising band. The trio's new single "Addy" will drop on April 26th, and from snippets on Facebook, it sounds like it'll pack quite a punch. If you want to catch Malibu Blackout live, you can see them perform at Springwater Supper Club on May 16th along with Boston-based visitors Blindspot and fellow local acts Pickup Sticks and The Down Squad. Until then, and until "Addy" drops, jam out to "For The World" below. - Will Sisskind